The most secretive government agencies in Rhode Island

From GoLocalProv:

The most secretive government agencies in Rhode Island are also the smallest, with local fire districts and towns accounting for more than half of the nearly 30 agencies that racked up the most violations of state laws on open meetings and public records, a GoLocalProv analysis has found.


Gov. Chafee signs R.I. public records bill into law


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Tuesday signed a reworked public records bill into law that unseals government employment contracts and creates a so-called "balancing test" for disclosures modeled after federal statute.

The new law is the first significant change to the state's Access to Public Records Act (APRA) in 14 years and Chafee said he hopes it will make government more transparent in Rhode Island.


Rhode Island’s proposed public records bills at odds


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – State lawmakers are considering three different bills to reshape Rhode Island’s public records laws, but differences between the House and Senate version could mean there will be no changes in the statute this year.

Target 12 Investigator Tim White explains how the current law almost got in the way of several WPRI 12 investigations into government waste.